Posts in category: Leadership

Give people control, and they make better decisions

Having control “protects a person from spotting false patterns that aren’t there, from believing in conspiracies and from developing superstitions.” Identifying “coherent and meaningful relationships between things we observe” helps us parse the past and predict the...

Untuition

Intuition – Informative gut feel about a situation. Not supported by facts at-hand. Untuition – Obstrucive, usually unrealistic, fear-driven responses to a situation. Not supported by facts at-hand either.
On the continuum of Rational and Intuitive

On the continuum of Rational and Intuitive

Consider the following continuum: (A)s rely primarily on logic (sometimes black and white thinking) and precedence to drive their decision making. They may leverage some level of intuition occasionally, but prefer to fall back on (or retrospectively create) a...

Agreement vs alignment

On consensus and collective decision making, Dale Hunter in her book The Art of Facilitation said: “voting, majority or otherwise, is not a recommended way of reaching a decision in a facilitated group. A more potent version of agreement is alignment…” The difference...
On the continuum of Do and Think

On the continuum of Do and Think

Consider the following continuum: Factories hire C. Unthinking doing (C) is useful and effective only when the environment is tightly controlled and not subject to frequent or disruptive change. IBM’s founder Thomas J. Watson knew back in the 1930s that thinking was...

The more we can see, the less we choose to see

We are experiencing a never-before-seen disconnect at the moment; between our ability to simultaneously access vast amounts of information and cocoon ourselves within limited bubbles of realities. Far from ushering an era of mass enlightenment and awareness, the...

Control in the hands of the few

Henry Kissinger once said: Who controls the food supplycontrols the people; who controls the energycan control whole continents; who controls the moneycan control the world. We know that business has a trend towards consolidation over time. Corporations absorb each...
How’s this for big picture perspective?!!

How’s this for big picture perspective?!!

“When we experience a solar eclipse, the moon blocks out the sun. But from space, looking down on our planet, the event takes on an entirely different perspective.” How often do we find ourselves in the middle of the shadow and unable to see the shadow?...
Mittelstand: sensible sustainable

Mittelstand: sensible sustainable

The Bavarian mittelstand philosophy seems to be thriving in spite of the doom and gloom of the greater global economy. Is this a case of the sensible and sustainable “tortoise” winning in the longer term against the attention-deficit and easily fad-distracted hare?...

Businesses don’t care. Individuals do.

In many countries, businesses (and other organisations) are legal entities like individual humans. Many have inspiring, socially-aware brand values, caring cultures and strict codes of ethical conduct. At the end of the day, however, the expression of caring comes...
Radical adjacent transformations

Radical adjacent transformations

“…the most successful companies right now are not only making adjacency moves … radical adjacencies. They take companies into entirely new markets – like Apple into music and video and mobile telephony, Amazon into devices and Cloud. They stretch the old idea of...
Looking for a HUGE problem

Looking for a HUGE problem

This article really resonated with me: Solve for X: radical ‘moonshot’ technology ideas for solving global problems. I want to solve for x! That is where the exciting and meaningful work is. As the world becomes smaller, its problems seem to inflate to previously...

What is Strategic Design?

The act of design can be divided into two broad parts: strategy and execution. Strategic design is the initial exploration, understanding and planning part. Executional design then follows to implement the final solutions. Strategic design sets the foundation for...
Strategy vs Plan vs Process

Strategy vs Plan vs Process

Strategy, Plan and Process are sometimes used interchangeably. But they mean different things, have different intents, and involve different tasks and activities. The typical progression is top-down. We create a Strategy in response to a challenge. From the Strategy...

Strategy formulation framework

Here is a visual summary of the key components that go into any strategy. This can be used as a working checklist and document framework, to ensure that key aspects of a strategy are considered and...

Male mental illness costs business $237m a year

“The study by the Inspire Foundation has found mental illness in young men costs the Australian economy $3.3 billion a year. … Australia loses … 9.5 days per person – each year …, and the cost to business was around $237 million a year...

Freedom and responsibility

We all know the adage “with freedom comes responsibility.” Some of us belief strongly in a completely free market, where businesses are free to produce and sell with as little (or no) regulation from external parties. I really don’t believe business as it is...
What future will the price paid buy?

What future will the price paid buy?

Today is Anzac Day, and we remember the high price paid by those who have given their lives for the freedom we enjoy (take for granted?) today. If you were to personally pay the same price, what sort of future would you hope to buy? How is your business, your beliefs...

What does humanising business mean?

I believe the emotion component is the key to change business practice for the better. Humanising business practice starts with upping EQ within organisations. Business has long been a “man” thing. All left brain, all rational, all numbers and data and facts. Sun...
Baking cookies

Baking cookies

Is it possible to design work to make it as fun as baking cookies with young children? Here’s the list of contributing factors I can think of: Clear expectations and shared goal – we are baking cookies! Positive anticipation of the outcomes. Sense of togetherness and...
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